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Justin Morneau | First Baseman | #44

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (35) / 5/15/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 220
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1999 / Rd. 3 (0) / MIN
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Justin Morneau (elbow) took batting practice on the field Saturday.
It was his first time doing so since offseason surgery to repair a flexor injury in his left elbow. Morneau signed a deal with the White Sox earlier this month and appears on track to help the major league roster during the second half. Jun 25 - 12:50 PM

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White Sox signed 1B Justin Morneau to a one-year, $1 million contract and placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a primary flexor injury in his left elbow.

The White Sox are shaking things up. They traded for James Shields last weekend and designated Mat Latos for assignment on Thursday. Now Morneau, a 13-year veteran and former AL MVP, will enter the mix. The 35-year-old is only two years removed from winning the NL batting title, though injuries limited him to just 49 games last season. Morneau is still recovering from offseason elbow surgery and probably won't make his White Sox debut until mid-July. When he arrives, he'll likely back up Jose Abreu at first base while seeing some time at DH.
Jun 9 - 4:17 PM

Justin Morneau won't be able to swing a bat until June after having surgery in December to repair a tendon in his elbow.

It helps explain why there was zero buzz on Morneau's market over the winter. "I went into the offseason thinking what I had was just tendinitis," Morneau said. "It was a problem that began last year in spring training and that I dealt with all year." Morneau will turn 35 in May and is coming off another injury-plagued season, although he batted .310/.363/.458 when in the lineup. It's possible he could help a team in the second half.
Mar 17 - 5:57 PM

Rockies declined Justin Morneau's $9 million mutual option for the 2016 season.

That makes Morneau a free agent. Another concussion limited Morneau to 49 games this past season, batting .310/.363/.458 when in the lineup. He was able to work his way back for the season's final few weeks and, assuming health, shouldn't have a problem finding work this winter.
Thu, Oct 29, 2015 04:52:00 PM

Justin Morneau went 1-for-3 with a triple, a walk and a strikeout in Wednesday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

Proving that baseball is a strange mistress, all three of Morneau's triples this season have come in the last 11 days. Injuries have limited him to just 46 games in 2015, but when he's managed to hit the field, he's slashing a swell .313/.364/.469 with three homers and 12 RBI over 160 at-bats.
Thu, Oct 1, 2015 12:48:00 AM

Justin Morneau doubled and tripled as the Rockies topped the Padres 7-4 on Friday.

Morneau has triples in consecutive games, which probably isn't something anyone would have expected from him at this stage of his career. He's hit .293 when he's been able to play this year, though without as much power as usual.
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 02:22:00 AM

Rockies activated 1B Justin Morneau from the 60-day disabled list.

It's cool to see Morneau make it back this season after battling more concussion issues as well as a neck injury for much of the year. The Rockies will surely be careful with him down the stretch, though. He's starting at first base Friday.
Fri, Sep 4, 2015 04:41:00 PM

Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Justin Morneau (concussion) is "definitely close" to returning to the lineup.

Morneau is back with the Rockies and tried to talk his way into the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks. Morneau hasn't played since the middle of May due to concussion symptoms, but it sounds as though his return is imminent.
Wed, Sep 2, 2015 06:43:00 PM

Justin Morneau (concussion) will be re-evaluated by the Rockies on Thursday.

It's possible he'll be activated at that time if the Rockies deem him fit to return to action. Morneau hasn't played since mid-May due to a concussion and cervical neck sprain, but he went 4-for-9 in three rehab games with Double-A New Britain over the weekend.
Mon, Aug 31, 2015 06:16:00 PM

Justin Morneau (concussion) went 1-for-2 in his first minor league rehab game with Double-A New Britain on Friday.

Morneau hasn't played since mid-May due to the concussion and cervical neck sprain, but he isn't ready to give up on the 2015 season just yet. He'll play in a few more games in the minor leagues before he's re-evaluated on Thursday. If he indeed returns this season, it would be a hit to the fantasy value of Ben Paulsen.
Source: MLB.com
Sat, Aug 29, 2015 11:44:00 AM

Justin Morneau (concussion) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A New Britain on Friday.

Morneau hasn't played since mid-May due to a concussion and a cervical neck sprain, but he's been slowly but surely progressing of late and is ready to test things out in game action. He'll play in three contests for New Britain before being re-evaluated. It's not clear whether the Rockies have a target date for Morneau's return.
Fri, Aug 28, 2015 02:14:00 PM

Justin Morneau (concussion) took batting practice on Friday.

It's the first time he's done so since going down with a concussion and neck injury back in late May. Morneau has slowly but surely been increasing his baseball activity in recent weeks and appears to have not had any setbacks. There remains no timetable for his return, but he's still hoping to make it back at some point this season.
Fri, Aug 14, 2015 05:57:00 PM

Justin Morneau (concussion, neck) fielded grounders on Tuesday.

He's also been hitting off a tee the last few days. Morneau obviously still has a long ways to go, but if he doesn't have a setback after these activities, it's certainly a good sign.
Tue, Jul 21, 2015 06:21:00 PM

Justin Morneau (concussion) has been hitting off a tee the last few days.

"I hope I make a little faster progress now," Morneau said. "I'm feeling better for the most part." Morneau hasn't played since mid-May due to a concussion and a cervical neck sprain, with the first baseman saying the latter is the bigger issue. "The neck is more the issue than anything," he said. "When I swing — how violent the torque is on it — (discomfort) is still there a little bit." Morneau remains hopeful of returning this season, but he has no timetable.
Source: Denver Post
Mon, Jul 20, 2015 07:36:00 PM

Rockies transferred 1B Justin Morneau from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot for the newly-claimed Gonzalez Germen on the 40-man roster. Morneau has been out since late May with concussion symptoms and it's unclear when he'll be ready to return.
Tue, Jul 7, 2015 03:45:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2Dioner Navarro
1B1Jose Abreu
2B1Brett Lawrie
SS1Tyler Saladino
3B1Todd Frazier
LF1Melky Cabrera
2J.B. Shuck
CF1Austin Jackson
RF1Adam Eaton
DH1Avisail Garcia
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Sale
2Jose Quintana
3James Shields
4Carlos Rodon
5Miguel Gonzalez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1David Robertson
2Nate Jones
3Zach Duke
4Zach Putnam
5Matt Albers
6Jake Petricka
7Dan Jennings
8Daniel Webb
9Matt Purke
10Michael Ynoa
11Chris Beck